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Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch in test: Fast SSD with high data security?

Samsung‘s T series has been considered one of the most popular when it comes to reliable and above all fast external hard drives for years. The slim design and speed are two factors that have resulted in a large number of enthusiastic users. But now Samsung wants to score points for sure. With the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch, the South Korean manufacturer has installed a fingerprint sensor for the first time. This means that the stored data can only be read by the right people. Our test should show what Samsung’s new external hard drive is capable of.

The scope of delivery is manageable, but offers everything you need.

Scope of delivery

The scope of delivery includes the most important things to get started right away. Besides the small SSD T7 Touch itself, Samsung also includes two different USB cables. So that everyone can work with the drive, both a USB-C to USB-C as well as a USB-C to USB-A cable is included. You won’t find a CD with the appropriate software. Instead, it is already on the SSD itself. Since my MacOS did not respond to the pre-installed software, I had to download and install it again via the support page of Samsung. But the problem is rather to be found on the MacOS Catalina site. Of course the scope of delivery is small, but that’s all you need to work effectively with the SSD T7 Touch.

Technical details

Before we take a closer look at Samsung’s Portable SSD T7 Touch, let’s first take a look at the technical details of the small drive.

Capacity 500 GB (tested by us), 1 TB, 2 TB
Dimensions 85mm x 57mm x 8mm
Weight 58 grams
Case material Aluminum
Built-in interface USB 3.2 Generation 2 with up to 10 GB/s
Operating temperature 0 – 70 °C
Speed 1050 MB/s (read), 1000 MB/s (write)
Price 500 GB (€ 99.95*), 1 TB (€ 188.44*), 2 TB (€ 267.99*)

A brief overview

Until now, Samsung’s T series consisted of the SSD T3 and its successor – the SSD T5. The already fast SSD T5 had a performance disadvantage in comparison to Samsung’s SSD X5 that shouldn’t be underestimated. Finally, the SSD X5 relies on a fast Thunderbolt 3 connection. With the introduction of the SSD T7 Touch, Samsung wants to bridge this performance deficit, among other things. Fast, latest-generation USB-C and the latest technology inside the new SSD should make it possible.

The SSD T7 Touch is very handy. Here is a size comparison to my iPhone 8th.

The optimal companion

While external hard disks used to be bulky and heavy in the past, it is now amazing how much technology can fit into the smallest space. The SSD T7 Touch is again clearly aimed at users who want to take a large amount of data with them wherever they go. For those who take a hard disk out of the house, data security is not unimportant. Samsung knows that too. For this reason, the Koreans have installed a fingerprint sensor, which is supposed to prevent unauthorized access to the stored data.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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